University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen says university personnel will begin the new academic year at their present salaries, because the uncertainty about the U of I's state appropriation makes is difficult to plan ahead.
Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration is contacting retired state employees about possible returning to work on short-term contracts, in case of a state employees strike, according to the State Journal-Register.
Gas prices across Illinois continue to fall. The cost of a gallon in Champaign is more than a dollar cheaper than a year ago. In the past week the price at the pump dropped another 13 cents in Champaign.
Urban flooding is most notable for flooded streets and flooded basements, especially due to storm sewer backups. This type of flooding occurs in all of the counties in Illinois and usually happens in older sections of town where the infrastructure is old and also in subdivisions that were built in the 1950's and 1960's.